The New Hampshire athletic community was recently stunned and saddened by the news that a popular Granite State triathlete was killed in an accident.

According to an article on, Jeremiah Fitzgibbon, 60, of Bedford, New Hampshire, was cycling in Wilton was he was struck by a car and killed on Sunday.

Police say Fitzgibbon was cycling south on Route 31 when a car taking a turn struck him. He later died from his injuries.

People who knew Fitzgibbon describe him as a world-class triathlete who competed both locally and abroad. In an article on, friends said he was a dedicated outdoorsman who was kind, committed and strived to be the best at his sport.

His friend, Tom Cross, said although Fitzgibbon was highly competitive — placing third in his age group at the world triathlon championship last fall in Mexico — he was also very supportive of other athletes. He recalled an Ironman race on Martha’s Vineyard years ago when an opponent had a medical issue and fell off his bike. Fitzgibbon stopped, provided assistance to the injured man and stayed with him until help arrived — losing several minutes in the competitive race.

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